A funeral drive-by shooting that left a seven-year-old girl fighting for her life could be linked to a former Colombian cartel’s gangland past.
The youth and five others were shot at with bullets from a shotgun in a suspected assassination attempt as they left the church to watch the release of pigeons.
They were among 350 mourners at a service to celebrate the lives of Colombian Fresia Calderon, 50, and her daughter Sara Sanchez, 20, who died within a month.
Frightened patrons ran for cover after shots were fired from a black Toyota C-HR outside St Aloysius Roman Catholic Church near Euston Station in central London.
It was revealed last night that Fresia’s late former husband Carlos Arturo Sanchez-Coronado was a convicted member of the notorious Cali drug cartel – sparking fears the attack was linked to his shady past.
The cartel appeared in the dark Netflix gangster series Narcos.
Sanchez-Coronado, who died last year aged 56, became the first man extradited to Britain from the South American country.
He was jailed in 2009 after admitting money laundering and charges of forged documents.
Police officers found £100million worth of cocaine and cannabis during raids on his London homes.
The gang’s share of the British cocaine trade was such that it made the drug 50 per cent more expensive.
Sanchez-Coronado moved to Chile to live before his death.
Police refused to discuss a motive for Saturday’s shooting and were still collecting evidence last night.
One guest said: “People say the intended target was a man who attended the service.”
The injured girl, meanwhile, remained in “stable” condition.
The other victims – four women aged 21, 41, 48 and 54 and a girl aged 12 – were taken to the hospital.
Her injuries were not life-threatening and the child was discharged on Saturday.
Fresia collapsed at Heathrow Airport in November after returning from Colombia with a pulmonary embolism. Sara had battled leukemia.
Father Jeremy Trood, who led their service, reopened for Mass last night after the police cordon was lifted.
He said: “It’s important to get back to normal. It was a shock to the whole community.”
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